Rihanna poses with a slow loris, a protected species in Thailand. Credit: Instagram
Rihanna, singer and frequent poster of selfies on Instagram, snapped a photo that led Thai police officers to arrest two people for alleged possession of protected animals, according to the AP.
The diva was on vacation in Phuket, Thailand, when she posted a photo of herself with a slow loris on Friday. The slow loris is on the list of protected primates in the country, and Rihanna’s photo caught the eye of Phuket police officers. Officers went looking for the vendors who sold her the photo opportunity and arrested a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy. The two face up to four years in prison and a 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine, the AP reports.
Weera Kerdsirimongkon, Phuket district police chief, told the AP that authorities have tried for years to enforce laws protecting wild animals from exploitation; in Thailand, it is common for tourists to pay to play and take photos with exotic animals.
Rihanna is on tour in Asia and is currently in Singapore. She tweeted and posted photos on Instagram from her days off in Thailand, where she also visited one of Phuket’s notorious “ping pong shows,” a major draw for patrons of Thailand’s sex tourism industry. Performers use their genitalia to do tricks with various objects, including ping pong balls.